Monday, September 03, 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum is the most eagerly anticipated closing trilogy I've been aching to see since The Return of the King. Whilst the Lord of the Rings suffered a finish with multiple endings in an effort to tie up loose ends, there was talk of the Bourne films finishing with an open ending to create a possibility for an unnecessary fourth film. However, not only are all the loose ends tied up but what you are left with is an awesome action film that never lets up from start to finish and a very satisfying conclusion that craves a place in your DVD collection for consistent rewatching.

At the end of The Bourne Supremacy, we left Matt Damon in Moscow following a jaw-dropping car chase sequence in order to apologise to Neski's daughter for killing her parents. In keeping with realistic-style continuation, Bourne is still suffering from an injured leg sustained from jumping off a bridge onto a moving boat. This is great aspect to the Bourne films in that although there is the obvious Action-Man heroics in that Matt Damon finds himself in situations that most hardened soldiers would be clearly dead, it is more grounded in reality so that when he does get injured, it lasts a more believable amount of time than other films of similar nature.

In the final part to the trilogy, Bourne travels to more countries than an episode of Holiday Destinations in pursuit of the truth behind who he is and why they wont leave him alone. A new unit is searching for Bourne and Pamela Landy reprises her role as CIA agent assigned to track him down. As usual, there is more going on in the CIA than meets the eye and the back story to the trilogy would make a neat film in itself which keeps the pace of the film in between the action perfectly balanced.

Each film for me tends to have a particular stand out action sequence and there is one filmed in Tangiers which will have you dropping your jaw for a full twenty minutes. However, the action throughout the film is first class and Greengrass' use of handheld cameras would have you believe that you are a fly on the wall lucky not to be kicked in the gut or have debris flying into your face.

If you have not seen any of the Bourne films, go and rent them or order them on the internet right now. You won't regret it.

I would give this film 9.4 out of 10.



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